We are a nation of fools…
There… I said it.
Lately I’ve been thinking… man… we have a system and an election process that is so abused (and Trump lowered the bar even further) that we’ve reached a point of no return. America really is NOT capable of making sound choices. Average citizens of 20-40somethings… cannot possibly have a clue about making wise choices regarding who to elect anymore.
The format for most debates is a perfect example… it’s not about facts, it’s about cramming a shit-ton of “Charisma” and sound-bites into 2-minute responses… followed by a 1 minute rebuttal on each question. Now… how in the hell are we to get REAL facts on ANY of the issues with a debate system like that? It’s not about who is best, anymore. We’ve been “dumbed down”. We’ve been reduced to a nation of fools. We can’t play Chess anymore… we’re too fucking stupid. We’re incapable of thinking 3 or 5 steps ahead… so we play Tic-Tac-Toe and pray we can get 3 in a row. Remember… this is the “Reality TV Generation”. We’ve been so “conditioned” and duped for the last 20 years or so… that anyone who acts like a neanderthal with an IQ of 27.3 can get elected and drive us further down the shit hole.
I really DO worry that this will be the last American President, as we know it. These are the issues worth discussing. Our system really DOES need a complete overhaul… not because Democracy is a failing concept… but because Americans are now used to settling for less than what they deserve. They expect it. So along comes a rich man with the vocabulary of a 4th grader… who talks like the average asshole in a trailer park…. and suddenly… the “people” have a new hero. But the people cannot think beyond the moments… and the sound bites. This is the brainwashing of an entire culture. Do you think that’s dramatically over-stating the problem? Really? The citizens of this once-great nation are 2 things… desperate… and fucking angry. Try to keep up, willya?
Powerlessness breeds megalomania and narcissism.
This country has been conditioned to think that “flash” and “ego” makes for better qualifications to run our nation… than intellect and eloquence. Decorum and class have been replaced by self-serving, morally bankrupt, clownish crudeness. Our culture now seems to emulate and reward and applaud these traits. They lack the intelligence to comprehend the complexities of the real issues… because the real issues are swept under a carpet, or watered down to two things:
1. Who is to blame for the problem.. and
2. Why you should be so pissed off at them, that you’re willing to give up your power to ME.
Desperation breeds megalomania and narcissism.
It’s easy to brainwash people who are struggling…by simply over-stating the issues.. or even making them up. Do you want to know how easy it is to hook a fish? Watch this:
“Let me take you back to a time when life was simpler… “. See? That’s how easy it is.
Anger breeds megalomania and narcissism.
If you keep the people angry… and deflect that anger towards your intended targets… you can control your supporters… and you have their vote.
Manipulation is all a part of business…. sales… promotion. Our President got elected using these techniques. He reminds me of the carnival huckster, telling the masses of people in the middle of a drought “I, alone….will make it rain for you… I will give you good crops… fertile lands where you and your children will thrive again… and all it will cost you is….” .
And so here we are.
Hating. Blaming. Shaming. Brother against brother. Jews against Christians against Muslims against Blacks against Women against Whites against… (insert cultural references here).
And the Neo-Nazi’s cheer… and the KKK throws the new fearless leader a parade. And still… we back this fool and think what was unthinkable just a generation ago… that somehow this is all okay.